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How can this guide help me?

This guide can help you if:

  • you are going to lose your driver licence and
  • you want to apply to the court for a work licence or special hardship order.

When should I use this guide?

Use this guide if:

  • you have been charged with drink driving, fail to provide a sample of breath at the roadside, or driving with a relevant drug in the blood or saliva (but not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) and
  • you are going to plead guilty and are going to lose your driver licence and
  • you need your driver licence for work and
  • you want to apply to the court for a work licence.

You can also use this guide if you meet the following criteria:

1. Your driver licence is going to be suspended because you have committed a traffic offence and accumulated too many points while on a ‘good behaviour’ driver licence OR You have been charged with driving more than 40 km over the speed limit and your driver licence is going to be suspended AND 2. You need your driver licence for work OR You need your driver licence for a specific reason and your family would experience severe and unusual hardship if you couldn’t drive AND 3. You want to apply to the court for a special hardship order

Get legal advice

You should use this guide along with legal advice. Never make any decisions without speaking to a solicitor first.

You can get legal advice from:

  • Legal Aid Queensland – call 1300 65 11 88 (for the cost of a local call from a landline in Australia). Mobile phone users can call 07 3238 3444 (call costs may vary, check with your service provider).
  • A community legal centre – go to www.legalaid.qld.gov.au or call 1300 65 11 88 to check services in your area
  • A private solicitor – call the Queensland Law Society on 07 3842 5842 or visit www.qls.com.au for names of solicitors who can help.
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